WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEAN TO WALK IN THE SPIRIT?

Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh Galatians 5:16-. The person of the Holy Spirit is debated among Christians. The debates are frequently along the gifts and the move of the Holy Spirit in these present days Although there are debates about the ministry of the Holy Spirit, at minimum we should agree that one must be filled with the Spirit to walk in the Spirit. However, what does it mean to walk in the Spirit. This is an extensive topic so I will only highlight a few points since this is a blog.  

First, I would like to encourage you that there is a relationship with the Holy Spirit beyond His gifts! I believe we have only tested but a pinch of the Holy Spirit. His gifts and manifestations are just for status. We should step beyond talking in tongues, the shakings, the crunches, the gold dust and goosebumps to a more personal relationship where we really get to understand His nature and His heart. You see the heart and nature of the Holy Spirit is the heart and nature of God; this is the Trinity.

It is possible to have the manifestations of the Holy Spirit without having a relationship with Him-that’s dangerous. I believe this why Jesus warned that many will come in His name citing what they did, and He will deny them (Matthew 7:21-23).  so, quoting scriptures, miracles and prophesies should not be the gage for being spirit filled and spirit formed.

Galatians 5: 25 says that If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Establishing a relationship with the Holy Spirit is walking with the Holy Spirit. When you walk with Him, guaranteed His nature and heart will soon rub on you. This will be evidenced by:

  • Bearing the fruits of the Spirit-These are very important. You realize that although many, collectively they are called FRUIT (single), not fruits(plural), meaning they stem from ONE SOURCE-the Holy Spirit. This alone is very helpful in discerning the character of a person and the spirit they are operating under. (Galatians 5:22-26, Matthew 7:15-23)
  • Being prompt in Obeying and doing what He tells you- Jesus was a perfect example of this. First, He was obedient to the end. Second, He only did what God told Him. Remember, Jesus was immediately filled by the Holy Spirit when He was baptized in water. May I also add that obedience in “walking with the Spirit” applies to obeying all i.e. the Bible, the law of the land, your employer’s policies, obeying traffic laws, obeying local township ordinances and your church procedures. To the born-again Christian obedience is full cycle- there is no compromise (1 Samuel 15:23, 1 Peter 2:13-25)
  • Resisting Sin– Sin is to be resisted no matter how tempting it is. The same Holy Spirit will help us overcome temptations of sin, as well as fight on our behalf where warranted. However, this requires partnership with the Holy Spirit (Genesis 4:7, Galatians 5:16; 1 Corinthians 10:13, Isaiah 59:19)
  • Partnership with the Holy Spirit-We can achieve a lot with less human effort if we partner with the Holy Spirit. Partnership means that we invite Him in everything we do and allow Him to take the lead and run the show with us. Don’t leave the Holy Spirit hanging, He likes being involved ( John 14:25-26)
  • Following God’s commandments- The Holy Spirit will never go contrary to God’s word. So, if someone says the “spirit told me this” please measure that word against Scripture then judge if (a) it is accurate, (b) your spirit (inner man) attests to it (Acts 17:11, John 14:15, 1 John 4:2-6)
  • Being a doer of the word of God – why, Scripture was written at the inspiration of the Holy Spirit- The same Holy Spirit will give you revelation of each scripture and its application in your present life. Put into practice what you have read from the Bible and what the Holy Spirit tells you (James 1:22,
  • Knowing and Listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit-God speaks to us through the Holy Spirit. This varies in the mode the Spirit feels best for you. Among them are through revelatory gifts; words of wisdom, words of knowledge, discernment of spirits, prophesy, dreams, visions, seeing (Joel 2:28-32, 1 Corinthians 12:1-11)
  • Being open and adaptable to His teachings, guidance and following through on what He has shared. In other words, stewarding well what He has shown you. (John14:25-26, John 16:5-15)
  • Surrendering ALL aspects of your life to the Holy Spirit– Total surrender is required to the fullness of the Holy Spirit. Nothing should be kept away from the Holy Spirit; including the secretive aspects of our lives. God sees all, it only makes sense to give Him all

Finally, the first and foremost key to walking in the Spirit is to have a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit. He is sent to us helper who is available at all times. Good friendships are stablished through communication and communion. The secrets, treasures and the heart of God cannot be known from a superficial level. It requires creating time to develop then relationship followed by ongoing interaction. We grieve the Holy Spirit when we leave Him untapped and unattended to. He often waits on the sidelines for an invitation. He will never impose Himself on us (Genesis 6:3, Ephesians 4:25-32); but He certainly responds grandly when invited.  One of the ways to foster intimacy with the Holy Spirit is to pray more in tongues or prayer language.

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TURN ASIDE and LOOK, GOD WILL RESPOND

Sermons and teachings on “hearing the voice of God” are commonly sort after- I believe it’s because most people really want to hear God for the themselves. The Bible is a good place to start if you are eager to hear from God. Both the old and new testaments are full of examples of how God speaks. What God did in the past with others is still replicated today.

The story that triggered this blog is the story of the burning bush in which we see the initial calling of Moses as deliverer of the Israelites.  I was intrigued by these words.” So, when the Lord saw that he (Moses) turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses! “And he said, “Here I am.” (Exodus 3:2, Exodus 3:1-10). From the story, it appears that Moses’ turning to look, triggered God’s response. That the burning bush was an invitation for conversation and relationship.

This kept me questioning how many things God has wooed you with -inviting to Him or warning  you, that you have ignored. God can draw our attention through repeated dreams, reoccurring themes or words, through impressions, through memories of past prophesies or instructions; a strong desire to pray, worship or read the Bible, a recurring song in your mind; even an urge to drive a different route to work or an unplanned strong desire to call someone you have not spoken to in a while. Have you stopped to wonder, why now? Why I am thinking of that today? It could be that God is waiting for you to “turn aside and look”, then He will give you further instructions. Do not ignore them.

Turning aside to look may also include you taking time to put the dots together; you may be surprised by the outcome of the completed puzzle and the message God has for you in that puzzle. The more you respond in obedience to these nudges; you will quickly recognize how God talks to you. Better yet, you will soon discern what each urge or prompting means and what to do about it. You too will get to experience frequent invitations for conversations with God that will result in great friendship with Him! This relational friendship is an aspect of “walking with God” just like Moses, Enoch and Noah did. Our God is a relational God!

This week, slow down, take time to stop and look—God may just be waiting for you to do that. If you are waiting for answers, I encourage you to reflect on what God has shown you in the past. Put the dots together, the answer may just be at the tip of your nose!

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CONNECTIONS and DESTINY

-In both testaments of the Bible, you will notice a common theme in the destinies of people God used. The theme is that these people had connections or people who steered them towards what God wanted them to accomplish. This week’s blog is to encourage you to know that you are not alone in what God has for you and He has connections for you.

Now satan only mimics what God has for you. In the destiny journey we must recognize the connections and decide what to work with and what not to allow around us.  Consider the following:

  • Your Mind-What God has for you is engrained in your heart and mind. Continue to believe what God has spoken over you as you wait for its manifestation. Satan may bring you wrong connections in form of doubt, fear, hinderances. Remember you become what you think about yourself (Proverbs 23:7). Resist, renounce and object to any thought that is contrary to the promise God has for you. Only connect with God has said and declare that daily until it manifests (2 Corinthians 10:3-6).
  • Enemies -Even amidst opposers of your destiny, all things still work for the God. God allows enemies to teach us how to war (Judges 3:1-4). God allows opposers to keep us determined and focused on the assignment He has for us (Nehemiah 4:1-21) , However; God will not allow your adversaries to overtake you (Psalm 121,Psalm 91, Isaiah 54:16-17, Jeremiah 1:19, Zechariah 2:5). Enemies will manifest through demonic spiritual attacks and through people closest to you (Matthew 10:34-39). To both, say NO! So, don’t panic when you experience opposition in your destiny journey. You are always in power (Luke 10:19, Colossians 1:9-18). You always war from a victorious identity and position.
  • Your Company– Your circle of friends either propel or repel your destiny. Key is to identity who is who. Walking in purpose may require walking alone for a while until God brings your healthy connections. We see this in the relationship between Abraham and Lot (Genesis 13:14-18), Jacob and Esau (Genesis 33:12-15, Genesis 32:22-30), Joseph and his brothers(Genesis 37:12-36, Genesis 50: 19-21), Orpah, Ruth and Naomi(Ruth 1:6-22). Not everyone you are “close to” is assigned to your destiny, so when God allows people to leave your life, thank Him instead, He has the right connections ahead. Additionally, learn to let go of destiny wasters. You can identity destiny wasters by a lack of growth or development when you are around them or; they could be people who always talk you off your plans and dreams. Such like the status quo- they want you stay at the same level. In my native language Luo, they call this jiromre or romre (same level).

Continually partner with the Holy Spirit, our true Guide and Helper-the discerner or thoughts and motives, in your destiny journey. He will align you with the right connections and warn you of impending danger.

This week pray, praying more in the Spirit (prayer language, tongues) and ask God to expose anything around you that is currently hindering your progress. Ask the Holy Spirit to expose and help you detach from anything or anyone that should not be part of life permanently in the name of Jesus! The Spirit of the Lord shall raise up a standard against them (Isaiah 59:19). It is not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord (Zechariah 4:6). Trust God to connect you with healthy people that will support your destiny.